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How to Make a Mask for Fasnacht

Colorful examples from the 2016 mask judging. Photo by Emily Coffman. Since I first learned of it while attending WVU years ago, I've wanted to go to Fasnacht, a fanciful celebration in Randolph County's...

Rich Mountain’s Guiding Light

There’s no doubt that Rich Mountain is full of history, but few may know that atop sits a steel structure about 60’ high that was once an airway beacon for pilots. In the 1920’s and 1930’s radio...

Downtown Mural Continues to Shine

Drive down Third Street in Elkins and you’ll see it, big and bright and full of optimism, sitting on the side of the old Talbott Glass Building. The sunny mural has greeted downtown Elkins visitors for...

Minnehaha Is Standing Tall … For Now

She was missing. People were uptight. Mayor Van Broughton had to issue a statement. Some people believed she was removed from this corner for reasons related to the public controversy involving the name of the...

Like Wildflowers in August

By Eileen Waggoner “How far to Thomas now?” We both know the answer, roughly, but Caleb asks me anyway, partly out of habit, partly for the excuse to unfold the well-worn state map. When opened, my map...

Interview + Review: The Placid Green

New Writer In Town There is a new author in town writing under the penname of Joseph Lane. The author Joseph Lane Shipp, is a native of Randolph County, who moved away to work in the Washington, D.C. area....

Cemetery Restoration: A Responsible Act

On a warm Saturday morning, about 20 people gathered at the Beverly Heritage Center for a workshop on cleaning and repairing grave markers. Rebekah Karelis, a historian with the Wheeling National Heritage...

Fasnacht: Mardi Gras in the Mountains

This weekend the hills of Randolph County were alive with the sound of music. Helvetia was busy celebrating Fasnacht, a mixture of various Swiss winter celebrations similar to Mardi Gras, in preparation for...